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Showcase Sunday (7)


Hey gals, I’m back with a new round of Showcase Sunday picks after taking a break for the summer holidays and some time off celebrating my birthday.  If you’ve been reading my other posts, then you know I’ve been transitioning into something of a “crafter’s mode”, blogging and chatting about my Filofax and all the fun accessories out there you can get for that.  Go ahead, check out some of the posts if you’re curious. I’ll wait.

My Book Bag

Here is this week’s stash of new reads:

Bridge to Haven | Delia’s Shadow | Glamorous Illusions | The Lost | Princess For Hire | The Pursuit of Lucy Banning | The River of No Return

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

I grew up reading Francine Rivers and for a while, it was like “all is silent” on her historical fiction.  Rivers’ plots are incredibly rich with detail and compelling characters and I loved her Mark of the Lion series.  I also love how loooong her books are, so I’m thrilled that she’s come out with another historical novel.

Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

I actually got this because I saw the sequel on display which looked really, really good, but I don’t like reading series out of order so I thought I’d pick up book 1 and go from there. I love the fashion of ‘Delia’ on the cover and how dark and moody it is. I hope that the book is like that too. 🙂

Glamorous Illusions by Lisa Tawn Bergren and The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

I adore historical novels and the covers on both of these were so lovely, I was just tempted to pick them off the shelf. I have high hopes that the Bergren one will be really great, being set in Paris (happy sigh). We shall see!

The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

This was a recommendation from a co-worker. Looks sort of like a thriller in a town in nowheresville.

Princess For Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

At first glance, I mistook this for one of the Meg Cabot books (gotta love it). Such a cute idea. Common girl fills in for a princess for a day since she’s a lookalike. Isn’t that every girl’s dream – to be a princess for a day?

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

This has a weird romantic, time travel story to it that caught my attention and I really like the illustration on the cover which just stood out to me so I thought I’d give it a shot and try it out.

Those are this week’s picks. If you’ve read any, or if any look good, give me a shout-out and let me know.

I’d love your thoughts — I’m thinking about changing this to a monthly post instead and branching the format out so it’s not just about my books but also what I’m listening to, working on, watching, etc.  Is that something you’d be interested in? Let me know and have a great week!

A little about this meme’s origins:

Showcase Sunday is an original feature/meme hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea. ~ Showcase Sunday is designed to share your latest reads received from reviewing, libraries, book shops, and other sources. Thanks to Vicky for creating this meme and encouraging participants.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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